James Chiang's Weekly Blog for Creative Insight & Inspiration
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Self Trust

“Self trust — it’s a very hard thing to achieve, for me. To trust yourself. Because we don’t really do it, you know?” — Philip Guston, Painter Oftentimes, we get so busy that we forget that we can choose. But we can. We can choose to live with self trust or with continuous doubt and… Continue reading →

Fri Feb 23, 2024 02:10
Seeing the whole

“…if one would solve the everyday problems of existence, whatever they may be, one must first see the wider issues and then come to the detail. After all, the great painter, the great poet is one who sees the whole — who sees all the heavens, the blue skies, the radiant sunset, the tree, the… Continue reading →

Mon Feb 12, 2024 03:04
Problem Posing

“The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself.” — E. E. Cummings, Poet Today, I’m going to demonstrate a pose from a recent high profile animated film (which will remain unnamed) that is problematic. Normally I would not do this publicly. I do not want to… Continue reading →

Thu Feb 1, 2024 22:43
The Importance of Rest (Silence)

“This is very important— to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you’re gonna lose everything… just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That’s why they’re all totally mad, frustrated, angry… Continue reading →

Thu Jan 25, 2024 05:01
What Creative Work Does For Us

I love to work. Most people dread it. As artists, it’s a tragedy to turn work into drudgery. Hence it’s wise to be reminded of the value of creative work besides the obviousness of sustaining a living. Today, I leave it primarily to the words of others to make some critical points clear: On work… Continue reading →

Thu Jan 18, 2024 02:21
Overrated, Underrated

“There is no art without contemplation.” — Robert Henri We live a lifetime of constant comparisons; from the time of early sibling rivalries and competing with schoolmates for grades or popularity to who’s richer, more famous or more powerful as full-grown adults. We treat life (and people) like games and sport. It’s all quite silly.… Continue reading...

Thu Jan 11, 2024 02:16

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